Barack Obama
Obama standing with his arms folded and smiling
44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Personal details
Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)


I just wanted to let my public officials know that, after almost 66 years of life and 45 years of voting , I have finally been pushed over the edge! I have just changed my political affiliation from Democrat to Independent!! Never in my life would I have ever thought I would have done that. But I am so sick and tired of public officials not knowing the definition of the word ILLEGAL. More than one of you must have been absent the day in school that they taught the difference between legal and illegal. And I am also ashamed to say that most of the people behind "equal rights for legals as well as illegals" are Democrats. Thus, the primary reason behind my party change. I do not want to be associated with Democrats any longer. This county/this state/this country has been unable to stand up and say no to people sneaking in illegally for many years. Any idiot should know you do not reward bad behavior - you reward good behavior. Because what happens when you reward bad behavior??? You get exactly what we have now. People in other countries sneaking in and/or dumping their children and other family members into this country knowing we won't do anything about it. Well, except use money that we don't have to take care of them!!! As a country, we need to grow a spine and tell illegals that they are just that - ILLEGAL - and will be treated as any other person breaking the law. Oh yes, but that's right - we don't have the money any longer to keep people who broke laws in prison - we have to release them early. So, tell me, what are we teaching our children??? Linda Hansen

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